What kid in America hasn’t found themselves swept away into the cartoon reality of a classic Disney movie? It’s almost a rite of passage for all children for the past fifty years or so. The characters in these movies speak to kids of every age, looming large in pop culture. To their audience, Disney characters are real, they just don’t look like it.
Now, one Helsinki-based artist, Jirka Vinse Jonatan Väätäinen, has bridged the gap between these celluloid titans and the real world. He’s taken Disney character fan art and created a long list of stunningly realistic Disney characters. From Aladdin to Gaston, Ursula to Alice, Jirka Vinse has re-imagined these beloved characters as deeply detailed real-world models.
Ever wondered what Belle might look like with a little more texture? Have you considered whether it’s possible for Captain Hook to maintain that maniacal gleam even in the real world?
Well, here’s your chance.
These are the deep brown eyes of a woman who would have zero problems taming a wild tiger.
Tarzan’s Jane has retained the precocious curiosity that gets her involved with the titular ape man.
Esmerelda, ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’
Free-wheeling Esmerelda is drawn as a coy enchantress, a perfectly fitting presentation for the Romani woman.
Cruella de Vil, ‘101 Dalmations’
There’s clear evil in the eyes of Cruella de Vil, a woman who’s greatest joy is donning the freshly skinned fur of an innocent animal.
John Smith, ‘Pocahontas’
And this picture of John Smith lets audiences know how dense the brawny explorer likely was.
Tinkerbell, ‘Peter Pan’
If Tinkerbell could actually speak, she’d definitely say something mischievous.
Alice, ‘Alice in Wonderland’
The slightly agape jaw, the glassy eyes, this version of Alice is certainly already eating the cake in Wonderland (if you catch my drift).
Elsa’s demure smile is hiding a whole boatload of sadness; it’s the look of a woman who’s insecure about her skills and her place in the world.
This rendition of Pocahontas seems to view her as the exotic forest dweller that John Smith likely saw when he first laid eyes on her.
You can tell how uneasy Mulan is in this traditional garb. There’s a warrior fighting to get out.
The crossed arms and far-off expression Cinderella is rocking speaks of a lifetime of oppression.
James Woods wishes he looked as capable and cunning as this image of Hades, who’s missing his characteristic fiery hair.
Tiana, ‘The Princes And The Frog’
The razor’s edge hiding at the corner of Tiana’s smile is a perfect embodiment of this intelligent, independent princess.
Captain Hook, ‘Peter Pan’
Captain Hook is even more terrifying when the stubble looks photorealistic.
The Aladdin pictured here still has a hefty dose of nobility etched into his hopeful, boyish expression.
Aurora, ‘Sleeping Beauty’
Aurora is almost too alert to be known for taking a long snooze.
One of the quirkiest members of the line up, Meg’s every eccentricity seems to shine through here.
Belle, ‘Beauty And The Beast’
Belle looks a bright young woman with a huge cross to bear after she gives up her freedom to save her father.
Snow White, ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’
The essence of Snow White is recreated wonderfully, right down to the rosy cheeks.
Wendy, ‘Peter Pan’
Wendy’s starry-eyed persona is captured effortlessly in this rendition.
Evil Queen, ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’
This is the expression of a dead-eyed sociopath; exactly what you’d expect from the Evil Queen intent on hunting down the fair Snow White.
The Prince, ‘Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs’
The Prince has a more boyish quality than you might expect, though it suits him very well.
Ursula, ‘The Little Mermaid’
Here’s Ursula, plotting to trap a man with the pilfered voice of an overly trusting little mermaid.
Ariel, ‘The Little Mermaid’
Youthful, exuberant Ariel is pictured here clearly before she’s sucked into the web of the menacing sea witch.
Even though she’s the youngest of the bunch, Merida’s steely gaze belongs to the kind of person you’d happily trust with a quiver of arrows and a mighty steed.